Euthanasia And Living Wills

Imagine someone you love...better yet, imagine yourself lying in a
hospital bed oblivious to the world around you, unable to move or show any signs
of life, your own existence controlled by an I.V., a respiratory machine, and a
feeding tube. In essence you are dead. Your body is no longer able to sustain
life, its entire purpose is now replaced by a machine - you are being kept alive
by artificial means. At this point the question arises - should you be kept
alive by these means or should you be allowed to die a natural death?
Unfortunately you are unable to answer this question because your voice is
limited to a "beep" on a heart monitor machine. Who then is going to decide ...

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one of us should ponder long before we are put in this
What is euthanasia? Euthanasia is not mercy killing. It has absolutely
nothing to do with killing. On the contrary, euthanasia by definition simply
means "good death" and in the applied sense it refers to "the patients own
natural death without prolonging their dying process unduly." What this
attempts to accomplish is to allow a person to die with peace and dignity. In
most cases life-support systems simply prolong the terminal suffering of a
patient by a few more weeks or months, they do nothing to return a patient to a
normal functioning human being. With most terminally ill patients life support
does not mean prolonging life - it means prolonging suffering, for both the
patient and their family.
Although there are no statutes legalizing euthanasia in the U.S. many
doctors end a terminal patients life by administering a fatal dose of a drug
that they were previously administering. Furthermore, most ...

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